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Obama 2011 budget request backs energy efficiency
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U.S. President Barack Obama's budget request for next year, despite having to deal with a deficit of $1.3 trillion, will boost investment in energy efficiency and nuclear power. As part of the plans, the Department of Energy (DOE) is slated to receive $28.4 billion, a slight increase on the $26.4 billion allocated for this year. The budget includes a $31 million boost to the DOE's Building Technologies Program, which develops building codes, equipment standards and energy efficient commercial buildings. More

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Two also-rans of the great skyscraper race
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The new Burj Khalifa in Dubai, at 160 stories and 2,717 feet high, makes the 102-story Empire State Building into a pipsqueak, and indeed the urge to build the tallest structure in the world is an infectious one. Within that aspirational tradition John A. Larkin bears the mantle of two attempts. He proposed the boxy 110-story "Larkin Tower" in 1926, and reprised it in 1952 with a plan for the "World Trade Building" — 132 stories, 2,000 feet high. More

17 projects shaping the future of LED lights
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Solid-state lighting holds the promise of huge energy savings and long-lasting light sources. But before it comes to market, the products—like LED lights—have to get better, cheaper and easier to make. Here's how the U.S. Department of Energy is investing in a future illuminated by light-emitting diodes and organic light-emitting diodes. More

Chicago led world in completed skyscrapers at least 650 feet tall in 2009, council reports
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Three of the five tallest buildings completed in 2009 were not in the high-rise capitals of China or Dubai, but in the U.S., the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is reporting. And, the council says, Chicago was home to more buildings at least 200 meters (or 656 feet) tall that were completed in 2009 than any other city in the world. More

AFE corporate partners support facilities engineering education
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AFE's Global Technical Partners play a direct and significant role in promoting the personal and professional success of AFE members. Their support allows AFE to offer ongoing training and education, certification courses and other valuable technical resources AFE members need to deal with everyday issues on the job. Not surprisingly, the majority of AFE members and certified professionals indicate they're more likely to do business with an AFE Global Technical Partner than their competitors. To learn how to become an AFE Global Technical Partner and reach more than 40,000 facilities professionals, click here or contact AFE at (571) 203-7235.

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Massachusetts sets new energy efficiency standards
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After a year's worth of haggling with the state's utility companies, Massachusetts officials unveiled a set of ambitious energy efficiency standards that some say are unequaled in the nation. To meet the new standards - a 2.4 percent reduction in electricity use across the state, and a 1.15 percent reduction in natural gas use - the state’s utilities will invest approximately $2.2 billion in expanding efficiency measures like home energy audits, weatherization, and rebates for home appliances, over three years. More

Lighting: A path to a greener bottom line
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Call them the two greatest challenges now facing American businesses: Companies must not only survive the "Great Recession" of today, but must strategically position themselves for the green economy of tomorrow. The bad news is that the pressure to perform flawlessly on both scores is greater than ever. The good news is that there are ways to do both for the short-, medium-, and long-term, saving money while also reducing a company's overall carbon footprint. More than ever before, sustainability objectives converge with profitability expectations. In fact, one of the best means of doing so comes from an expense many companies take for granted—lighting. Often, lighting is simply a forgotten topic. More

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Green gurus give New York City building-code proposals
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New rules for insulating all-glass high rises and getting stores to shut off their lights after hours were among 111 proposals unveiled by a panel of environmental experts charged with devising a blueprint to green the city's building stock. The recommendations of the NYC Green Codes Task Force affect the city's building codes as well as rules impacting zoning, health, consumer affairs, and environmental protection. More

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